Unbreakable Ties! (1)
Walking slowly to the grave he grew too familiar with in the past month, Matt spotted the young man once again. He stopped several feets away, observing the young man with black leather jacket standing at his father's grave.
'What's with this guy?' Matt wondered. The young man had been at his father's funeral, Matt remembered seeing him...He stayed for the whole ceremony but, to Matt's surprise he had not said a word to him, to his brother or even to his mom. He had just walked out without having spoken a word to anyone. Matt remembered him because there was something strange about this guy Matt couldn't figure out. He had seen him few times at the grave yard, but he would leave as soon as he spots Matt coming..Today, Matt had arrived late, and he found it a good opportunity to speak with the young man.
Matt wasn't really the social or talkative type but again, there was something about this person, Matt wasn't quiet able to put his hands on.
He quietly stepped closer. "Hi," Matt greeted.
The young man hadn't turn around nor react. Matt decided to try again. "You knew my father?"
The lad turned and glared at Matt...He looked about 8 or 9 years older than Matt. He was tall and athletic-built.
"You can say that," was his short answer. He then walked away..just like he always did.
"Hey!!" Matt complained but the young man had not acknowledged him.. Matt stood watching the tall figure walk firmly and steadily away.
"Common Matt!!" TK begged. "You gotta come! Please Matt!"
"TK's right Matt everyone's coming..You gotta come," Sora tried.
"I don't really feel like going. You guys go ahead and have fun."
"Give it a try, will you Matt?" Joe sighed.
"Matt," Tai sat beside Matt who was huddled up on the sofa. "You gotta get on with your life. You know, Have fun, go out and all.."
"That's true Matt! You haven't had fun for along time. What do you say you give it a try, huh? We're gonna have fun!" Mimi encouraged.
"Fine. I'll go but I won't stay long," Matt sighed and everyone cheered.
"I've got to go."
"But Matt!! The party haven't even started! Common, give it time will ya?" Tai said to the already ready-to-leave Matt.
Matt shook his head. "Tai, really, I don't feel like it. I've got a headache. I'll call ya tomorrow. Have fun, and tell the guys I'm sorry." With that Matt left.
As soon as he left the party, Matt felt guilty. He knew his friends were trying very hard to make him feel better and cheer him up since his father died a month ago, but he just couldn't help feeling sad. He walked slowly home.
Matt was about to retrieve his keys when he realised the door was already open. Matt felt uneasy and took one step backward. But before he had a chance to get far enough, a hand grabbed him from inside the house and pulled him in. Matt couldn't see who was attacking him, the room was soo dark..Hands restrained him but he kicked, struggled and screamed. "Shut up BRAT!!" the man restraining him whispered. Matt kept his struggle on, suddenly he heard a slight gasp of pain and the sick sound of bones breaking.. Matt felt the arms around him loosened and he freed himself. Matt ran out as quickly as he could.. Already out of the house he stood breathing heavily and hesitating..He knew someone saved him and whoever did was already inside fighting for him..Matt couldn't tell how many men were inside. He had two choices in front of him, either he go back in and fight helping whoever saved his life (and he knew it was a stupid idea) or he could call the police.
Before Matt could make up his mind a figure appeared on the door. Matt backed off ready to run then the figure stepped closer into the light and Matt instantly recognized the face..It was the young man he kept seeing at the grave yard.
"YOU?!!" Matt couldn't believe that this guy had attacked him.
"DOWN!!" The young man shouted already running over to Matt and shoving him out of the way. Matt, on the cold wet ground, stared wide eyed at the fight taking place before his eyes and in the dimmy lit street. The young man from the grave yard was fighting against two men who were, to Matt's panic, armed with guns and knives. Nevertheless, and young man had surprisingly won the fight. The two men, once armed, now lay half conscious on the ground, moaning.
The young man then made his way to Matt who had stood up, still unbelieving what was happening around him. The young man grabbed his arm and stared right into his eyes. "Get to my car!" He ordered. Matt only blinked. The rain was getting heavier and both boys were completely soaked.. "GET TO MY CAR!" He ordered again. Instead of listening to him, Matt had started to struggle against his grab.
"LET ME GO!! LET GO OF ME!!" Matt screamed.
The young man dragged a struggling Matt to his car and shoved him without effort into the passenger seat before he got in himself in the driver's seat. He then started the car and sped away.
"What's going on?? WHO ARE YOU? STOP THE CAR RIGHT NOW!" Matt screamed struggling with the car's door.
"Settle down will ya?" The young man offered calmly.
"DO YOU WANT TO DIE?"
Matt stopped strugggling and stared at him. "You saved my life. How did you know? How did you get there?" he said softly.
The young man ignored Matt's questions completely.
"Those men..they were going to kill you. They'll try again.. No place is safe for you right now. They already know about your mother and friends..The'll be checking those."
"We're going to the police then"
"Stupid idea. You'll be dead before you get home if you did."
"SO WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME?" Matt was losing his patience and cool. "WHAT THE HELL DID THEY WANNA KILL ME FOR??"
"To my place." the young man stated simply as he checked his rare mirror to make sure the hadn't been followed. "And it's better if you don't know."
The young man opened the door to his place and practically dragged Matt inside. "Hey?? Look, I really appreciate what've done, but I'm not staying here,okay?
The young man said nothing, instead he locked the door then made his way to a room. He returned shortly with dry towels and a pair of pajamas and shoved them at Matt. "Get those on before you catch a cold."
"Didn't you hear what I said? I want to get out of here."
"Well, you're not. So you better get changed before you catch a cold."
Matt watched as the guy made his way back to the room and shut the door behind him. Matt then walked to the door and frantically struggled with it..No use, Matt realised. The door was locked and the weird guy has the keys. It was strange but Matt wasn't feeling scared. 'Maybe because this guy saved my life' Matt concluded. I owe him my life. Matt was suddenly aware of an alien presence. Looking to his left, he spotted a huge dog staring intently at him. "Uh huh, Hi!"
Thirty minutes later, the strange guy exited his room. He looked over at Matt who was huddled up on the sofa dressed in the pajamas he was given, sound asleep. The huge dog was huddled up beside him but as soon as he saw his owner, he jumped off and rushed to greet him.
"Hey Billy!" the guy whispered stoking his dog's head. He then looked up at Matt...The pajamas were too big for him..he was almost invisible in it. The guy smiled in despite of himself. He brought a cover and quietly covered Matt up with it. He then looked back at his dog. "Billy, this time you're staying."
Matt stretched and yawned his way awake.His eyes blinked open and he stared lazily ahead.
His eyes widened as soon as he recognized where he was. He jumped out of the sofa and finding it difficult to move freely with the very long sleeves and pants, he rolled them up. Matt realised that the door to the only room was open and empty. The washroom was empty as well. Matt was instantly angry. He was locked up in a strange place alone..CORRECT that, with a dog, Matt stared at the huge dog in front of him.
No working phone, no food no nothing.. Matt sat on the sofa staring at the only available thing in this place, a TV. Long time had passed before the door was unlocked and the strange guy stepped in.
Matt was instantly at his feet, fists clutched and eyes ablazed with rage. "HEY YOU!!! WHOEVER YOU THINK YOU ARE! YOU DON'T HAVE NO RIGHT TO LOCKE ME UP HERE! I'M NOT A DOG YOU KNOW. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON AND I WANT TO GET OUT OF HERE NOW!!"
The guy only locked the door after him and walked past Matt calmly. He placed the bag he was carrying on the kitchen table. "I brought some food."
"I DON'T WANT NOTHING FROM YOU! GIVE ME THE KEYS! RIGHT NOW!" Matt angrily dived for the guy. The young man easily ducked out and shoved Matt hard to the floor.
"You have some training to do kid."
Matt stood up, even angrier then before and attacked again. The guy blocked the attack with no effort. He twisted Matt's arm in process and got hold of it. Matt gasped in pain.
"Plan before you attack," the guy advised before he shoved Matt back to the floor. Matt once again stood up and attacked. This time, the guy didn't try to defend himself. He stood in front of Matt opening up his arms. "Attack me!" Matt did.
"Keep an eye contact..Don't loose your calm..Try to mislead your enemy, always."
With every attack from Matt, the guy would block, tell him the correct move, and then shove him back down.
Spontaneously, Matt started to eventually accept this as a training rather then a fight. His anger replaced by determination. He allowed the guy to show him the correct moves and actually listened to the advices he was given.
Not quiet sure how much time had passed, Matt was on the floor breathing hard, sweating and unable to stand. The guy was standing over him, a satisfied look on his face.
"Let's go eat," he stated, moving to the kitchen table.
The guy looked back. "What is your name?"
"Call me Max."
Matt nodded and stood up with effort..He then made his way to the table. Max handed him a hamburger, and Matt accepted it. The guy then gave one to Billy too. They began to eat, silence enveloped them.
"Tell me what's going on.. I mean, I deserve to know what's going on! These guys were at my house trying to kill me. How did you know about it anyways? Were you spying on me? Who were those guys anyways? Did you know my father?" Matt asked between bites.
"Don't ask questions kid.. You're better off not knowing."
"WELL YOU CAN't JUST LOCK ME HERE LIKE SOME KIND OF ANIMAL AND TELL ME NOTHING!!"
"Well, hopefully it won't last for long. You'll be home before you know it." With that said, Max stood up.
"What's the dog's name?"
Matt started stroking Billy's head and Max sat on the sofa switching between channels.
Matt yawned once again, his eyes getting heavier.
"Don't fight it kid. You can take the bed," Max offered.
Matt shook his head but felt himself being lifted. "Hey, what do you think you're doing?!"
Max dropped the younger boy on the bed. Matt didn't feel like arguing..He'll find his way out later. Right now the bed felt soo good to his sore body.
During the next few days, Max would leave for the whole morning and return late in the afternoon, sometimes even late at night. At the beginning Matt tried hard to escape but later on, he just gave up. With no one but Billy around most of the day, Matt started to befriend the dog.
That day Max stepped into the house to find Matt on the floor with Billy over him licking and barking excitedly causing Matt to giggle uncontrollably. Max watched them smiling then eventually his smile turned to a frown. He made his presence known to the two.
"Hey Max,"Matt greeted.
Matt stood up and walked to the older boy. "Something wrong?"
"Max, I really need to contact my friends and family.. At least just to let them know I'm okay."
"It's not safe."
"What do you mean it's not safe?"
Max said nothing.
"Listen, tell me who those guys were. Why do they want to kill me?"
"Don't start, okay?" Max was getting upset.
"Well, I can't go on like this..I can't take this anymore."
Max turned to glare at Matt, his eyes full of anger. "FINE, YOU WANNA KNOW, I'LL TELL YOU! THOSE GUYS WERE FRIENDS WITH YOUR FATHER. THEY WERE DOING SOME ILLEGAL BUSINESS TOGETHER AND WHEN HE DIED THEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE SAFE. THEY THOUGHT THAT YOU KNEW SOMETHING ABOUT THEM, THEIR FACES AND ALL AND DECIDED TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE AND KILL YOU."
Matt stared at him with disbelief. "That can't be true. My father did nothing wrong."
"WELL SORRY TO DISAPPOINT YOU KIDDO, BUT HE DID."
"DON'T SAY THIS ABOUT MY FATHER! WHAT YOU SAY CAN'T BE TRUE! I KNEW HIM!"
"YOU DIDN'T KNOW HIM WELL ENOUGH."
"HE WAS *MY* FATHER!!!!!!!!"
"HE WAS MY FATHER TOO!!!!!!!"
Matt stared at Max-his eyes wide with denial. His clutched fists fell limply to his sides.
"You..Youur father?!!" Matt was confused.
"WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DIDN'T FIND HIM!!? It's been almost a week, dammit!"
End of part 1.....
P.S. This story won't be continued unless people ask me to finish it.
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